at city ‘fellowship’
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO
Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of the MVP Group of Companies and managing director of First Pacific Group, did not show up at the fellowship at the lobby of the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday where he was supposed to be the guest of honor.
Mayor Monico Puentevella had earlier announced that Pangilinan was also to be the guest speaker during the Charter Day program.
Bacolod to pay bills
of fireworks victims
BY SHIELA GELERA
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella said yesterday that all the medical expenses of the victims of fireworks explosions at the Public Plaza in Bacolod City, Sunday, will be shouldered by the city.
Eight persons, four of them minors, sustained burns while several others suffered from high blood pressure when the fireworks display for the Charter Day celebration of Bacolod failed to shoot up and instead landed and exploded in the midst of crowds two times at the Public Plaza, Sunday.
Those injured were identified as Jameson Aguilar, 12, Vivian Villarin, 21, Rogelio Espartero, 46, and son Miller Espartero, 14, Ronalyn Selarde, 11, her father Roberto, 36, mother Analyn, 34, and sister Robelyn, 16..
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Ranking Catholic Church officials in the Visayas Region reiterated their unwavering support for a people’s initiative calling for legislation that will abolish the pork barrel system.
At the closing the 9th Visayas Region Pastoral Assembly held in Dumaguete recently, the prelates of the Archdioceses of Cebu, Palo (Leyte) and Jaro (Iloilo) confirmed that a signature campaigns was underway in their areas that has a targeted percentage of the total voting population.
The 63-year-old prelate Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, a prominent figure in the August 23, 2014 launch of the signature campaign in Cebu, said the initiative is an uphill battle with indications of success.